first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise company Carnival Corporation has held a keel-laying ceremony of the first ship of its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) generation, AIDAnova, which will be delivered by Meyer Werft Papenburg in fall 2018.The 180,000 gross ton AIDAnova, which will be the 13th member in AIDA’s fleet, will be traveling Madeira and the Canary Islands for seven-day cruises from December 2018 in its first season. German cruise line AIDA Cruises ordered the ship in summer 2015, as part of a deal for two next-generation cruise ships.With the ceremony, held at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, the company officially launched the construction of its seven next-generation cruise ships that will be fully-powered by LNG.“Today marked a significant milestone in the construction of this next-generation of Carnival Corporation ships featuring our ‘green cruising’ design, which will be the most environmentally friendly ships in our company’s history,” Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation, said.Pioneering a new era in the use of low-carbon fuels, these new ships will be the first in the cruise industry that can use LNG to generate 100 percent of their power both in port and on the open sea. The ships, with delivery dates between 2018 and 2022, will be built by leading German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku.Following the introduction of AIDAnova in 2018, Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises brand will debut the industry’s next cruise ship that can be powered completely by LNG on the open seas in 2019 – the first steel-cutting ceremony for this ship is scheduled at the Meyer Turku shipyard in the coming week.LNG-powered ships for Carnival Cruise Line and P&O Cruises (UK) will follow in 2020. Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises will each receive an additional LNG-powered ship in 2021, followed by an additional LNG-powered ship for Carnival Cruise Line in 2022.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) says it has eliminated 65 jobs from its workforce as part of a program to cut $15 million in annual costs.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says after factoring in the latest job cuts, the company’s head count has been reduced by 10 per cent since the end of June.Home Capital said Monday it cut the 65 full-time positions from its operational, sales and underwriting division.In February 2017, the company announced an expense-savings initiative called Project Expo, which targeted annual cost savings of $15 million.Home Capital says Project Expo is largely complete and it expects to achieve its goal.However, the alternative mortgage lender says it is still facing elevated expenses after a run on deposits by customers in April, following allegations by regulators that it misled investors.last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru: With most exit polls forecasting another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP almost sweeping Karnataka in the Lok Sabha polls, chief minister H D Kumaraswamy Monday expressed concerns over the vulnerability of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Hitting out at the pollsters, the chief minister in a series of tweets alleged that the “artificially engineered” or “manufactured” Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Entire Opposition political parties had expressed concern over credibility of EVMs under PM @narendramodi’s rule. Opposition parties even knocked the doors of the Supreme Court asking for a traditional ballot paper electionsto avoid defective EVMs that are vulnerable to fraud,” Kumaraswamy said. “World wide, even developed countries have opted for traditional polls through paper ballets. The exit poll surveys on May 19 only reiterated the serious concern of the Opposition parties on misuse of vulnerable EVMs for electoral gains by the ruling party,” he said in another tweet. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Stating that exit polls were being used to create an impression that “there is still a Modi wave” in the country, Kumaraswamy said, “This artificially engineered or manufactured Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23.” “The entire exit poll exercise was an effort to create false impression of a wave in favour of one particular leader and the party. As they say, it is just an exit poll, not exact poll,” he added. Most exit polls on Sunday predicted that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance will comfortably cross the halfway mark of 272 seats in the Lok Sabha. Some even projected that the NDA will get more than 300 seats. Forecasting a big BJP win in Karnataka, the pollsters claimed that the saffron party was likely to win over 21 of the total 28 seats. In the 2014 general election, the BJP had won 17 seats while the Congress and the JD(S) had bagged 9 and 2 seats each respectively. However, in the bypolls held in November last year the BJP had lost the Ballari seat to the Congress. Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara too raised doubts over the EVMs, saying that the BJP had sponsored the exit polls as the ground reality was different. He also noted that the United Progressive Alliance will come to power at the Centre this time. Rajya Sabha member B K Hariprasad said the exit polls were the reflection of the wishes of news channels where Modi wave is prevalent. “Most of the exit polls are the reflection of the wishes of news channels. There is a Modi wave in the news channels but the actual result will be out when the (ballot) boxes are opened,” Hariprasad told reporters. “They have shown BJP losing 40 to 45 seats in Uttar Pradesh. In rest of the places, these channels tried to fill the void. Exit polls are not exact polls. We will get exact poll when the counting happens,” he added. However, Karnataka BJP president B S Yeddyurappa said people of the country as well as Karnataka have supported Modi and the exit polls giving 22 seats to the saffron party in the state was a proof of that. Stressing that many tall leaders of Congress-JD(S) will lose, he said, “Let’s see what will happen after May 23, fighting is on between Congress and JD(S) already, let’s see where it will reach.” The Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) leaders questioning the EVMs shows their desperation, he added. Speculation is rife in the political circles that any adverse results for Congress-JD(S) alliance in the polls will have its implications on the longevity of the Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka.last_img read more

Rabat – As the opening date of the LGV high-speed train approaches, photos showing the interior of the train are making the rounds on social media.The trains have a sleek interior decorated in black and red and include a modern cafeteria. The LGV’s interior design is eye-pleasing and captures the sophistication of the soon to be running fast trains.The high-speed train is the first of its kind in Africa and it represents the culmination of rail infrastructure investments in the kingdom. The train will link Tangier to Kenitra in just 90 minutes, and Tangier to Casablanca in two hours and ten minutes instead of the current five hours.Morocco received delivery of the first LGV carriages in July 2015. The second group of LGV carriages arrived last September at the Port of Tangier Med.The first tests of the line were carried out in February and March of last year. The trains were tested at high speed for over forty kilometers near Kenitra, verifying the running conditions of the tracks as well as the trains and station signaling technology.The second phase of these dynamic tests have affirmed that the line is suitable for train circulation at a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour (198 mph).The third and last phase of tests on the LGV line took place during February.The project was launched by King Mohammed VI and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in September 2011.Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE all contributed funds for the high speed train project, about USD 2 billion for the new trains, new tracks, improved signaling technology and upgraded train station platforms.LGV service was scheduled to open in December 2015 and later postponed to 2017 because of delays in infrastructure work. Planners are now expecting service to begin this summer. read more

“John Tory can now go back and tell the people in Canada this is what I saw,” Wigneswaran said.Speaking to reporters later, Wigneswaran said that the Toronto Mayor also commemorated the victims of May 18, 2009 during his visit.The Toronto Mayor also signed multiple agreements with Wigneswaran on assistance to be provided to the North. (Colombo Gazette) The Toronto Mayor said that while there has been progress on a lot of issues, much more remains to be done. John Tory expressed these views after having talks with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. He said that on his return to Canada he will brief the people of Toronto and Canada on what he has seen and heard during his Sri Lanka visit.Wigneswaran said that most officials who visit Sri Lanka have talks only with the Government but John Tory met the people in the North and got the true picture of what they are facing. Toronto Mayor John Tory says more progress needs to be seen on issues affecting the Tamils following the end of the war.The Mayor, who visited the North over the weekend, said that some of the issues which need to be addressed are the issues surrounding the missing and land. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/00040.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

A rough projection, based on how many 3-pointers he’s made through Golden State’s first 58 games, would have Curry finishing this season with about 400 3-pointers — or about a 40 percent increase over his record-setting performance from last season.Records eventually fall, even those sacred ones that seem untouchable. But rarely, if ever, do they fall by such an enormous margin as the one Curry is building this year. Take, for example, baseball’s single-season home run record. When Roger Maris bested Babe Ruth’s record in 1961, he did so by a single home run — increasing the record by about 1.7 percent. In the summer of 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa raced each other to a new historic high, the mark finally settled at 70 — increasing the record by about 14.8 percent. In 2001, Barry Bonds drove the record up to 73 — an increase of about 4.3 percent.Scan through cumulative single-season records for other sports and athletic feats, and it is tough to find any current record that was set by such a wide margin as Curry’s new 3-point record projects to be. MLBBondsWalks23217.236.536.5 NBACurry3-Pointers400*39.9%48.7%48.7% MLBSuzukiHits2621.91.91.9 NFLTD passes5577 MLBHome runs73102 NHLGretzkyGoals9221.121.121.1 MLBWalks232325 NFLManningTD passes5510.010.012.2 NHLGretzkyPoints2151.41.441.4 INCREASE OVER Wayne Gretzky’s dominant offensive production is the closest thing to what Curry is doing this season, but even that will fall short if Curry maintains his current pace. Venturing outside the four major team sports offers just as dramatic a set of comparisons. In the entire 106-year progression of the men’s marathon world record, from Johnny Hayes’s 2:55:18 on July 24, 1908, to Dennis Kimetto’s 2:02:57 on September 28, 2014, the world has collectively shaved just 30 percent off the record.Emphasizing Curry’s pace another way, if you take the 40 percent increase he is chasing this year and apply it to those records from other team sports, these are the numbers you end up with. NHLGoals92129 MLBBondsHome runs734.319.719.7 NFLReceptions143200 In an instant classic over the weekend, Stephen Curry hit a dozen 3-pointers, including the game-winner from 32 feet, while helping lead his Golden State Warriors to a 121-118 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Those 12 3-pointers gave him 288 for the season, breaking his own record of 286 set last season. Oh, and the Warriors still have 24 games left on their schedule, plenty of time for him to build on what is already one of the greatest shooting seasons in NBA history. NFLRushing yards2,1052,947 NFLHarrisonReceptions14316.316.327.7 SPORTFEATCURRENT RECORDNEW RECORD WITH 40% INCREASE NHLPoints215301 SPORTPLAYERCATEGORYCURRENT RECORDPREVIOUS RECORDPREVIOUS 5 YEARSPREVIOUS 10 YEARS MLBHits262367 NFLDickersonRush yards2,1055.15.15.1 These are imperfect analogues. Someone hitting 102 home runs or rushing for more than 2,900 yards in a season is an absurd proposition. There is an entirely different set of variables that determines the feasibility of scoring 129 goals or throwing for 77 touchdowns than there is for hitting 400 3-pointers. One of those variables is how much competitors value the stat in question. No one questions whether a marathon runner is trying to run the fastest marathon possible, just as no one who ever watched Adam Dunn swing a bat would tell you there aren’t players who want nothing more than to hit as many dingers as they can in their time on this earth. But if some intrepid dingus decided he was going to set the NFL record for attempted laterals, there wouldn’t be much to stop him.In Curry’s case, his record-setting pace is both a reflection of his own individual brilliance and the changing climate of the NBA. Three-point attempts have been surging across the entire league for years and Curry has been out in front, pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable offensive strategy. Larry Bird is widely regarded as one of the best 3-point shooters in history, but he also played in an era where the shot was used more sparingly. If Curry does finish the season around 400 3-pointers made, that would be more than Bird’s four most-prolific 3-point shooting seasons combined.Evaluating the nature of Curry’s record-setting performance this season is therefore a little different than some of those other records. While he’s shooting a career-high 46.8 percent on 3-pointers, he’s also on pace to attempt nearly 200 more 3-pointers than anyone in league history. Where Bonds broke records by becoming even more efficient with a comparable number of opportunities, Curry’s feat is maintaining and even increasing efficiency with an enormous surge in opportunities. Those things are not separate — the more threes Curry attempts, the more defenses are devoting effort and attention to stopping him. But, as Oklahoma City discovered this weekend, sometimes all the effort, attention and pressure in the world just doesn’t matter very much. read more

first_imgThe student is said to be well-known in the politics scene at the university Mr Lapwood on his houseboat Mr Lapwood at Christ Church CollegeCredit:Facebook A spokesman for Thames Valley Police confirmed a 23-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and ABH.A source told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Lapwood, who lived on a houseboat near the college, is a well-known student, who has apparently spoken at union meetings and has been an active political voice.He has also been seen at events held by the Piers Gaveston society, the source claimed.He was known at the college for taking a flamethrower he had built out of a caulking gun, glow plug and canister of butane gas to the annual Christ Church party in 2013.  An Oxford University student who was allegedly involved in the Piers Gaveston drinking society has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and actual bodily harm.Jonathan William Inigo Lapwood, a philosophy and psychology student at Christ Church College, is said to have been arrested on a boat near the Christ Church meadows around 6am on Tuesday morning.A source told The Daily Telegraph the alleged assault had taken place in the past four years and was both “psychological and physical” in nature. Mr Lapwood, 23, was last night thought to be at his gated family home in Wantage, a market town in Oxfordshire.His father, Robin, said the student would not be available for comment.“It is going to be a thorough police investigation and we can’t say anything until it’s completed,” he said. “Everything will be cleared up in due time.”It is understood Mr Lapwood has told friends that the alleged assault was “entirely consensual”. Mr Lapwood was allegedly part of a group called the ‘Banter Squadron’Credit:Facebook  He is a highly intelligent young man. His arrest has shocked the university communitySource Mr Lapwood at Christ Church Collegecenter_img Inigo Lapwood Claiming he was dressed as the band Arcade Fire, he shot flames into the college’s historic Tom Quad before college porters arrived to shut down the party, which had included a free bar and jelly wrestling.He is also alleged to have been part of a group of students who nicknamed themselves the Banter Squadron.A source claimed: “He’s not a brilliant student. One tutor described him as one of the most disorganised students he has had to teach.”Mr Lapwood married a student, whom he met in The Purple Turtle nightclub, in a ceremony in Oxford in 2014. Speaking to the student newspaper, Cherwell, at the time, Mr Lapwood said: “We had two very moving readings. Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene… [and] the other great classic of romantic literature, Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty To Me, was kindly and seriously rendered by the best man.” The couple are believed to have separated last year. Mr Lapwood is the son of a GP and former vicar.Christ Church College was previously rocked by sexual assault claims, after history and politics student Ben Sullivan was arrested in May 2014 on suspicion of rape and attempted rape. Mr Lapwood lives on a houseboat in OxfordCredit:Facebook  The student is said to be well-known in the politics scene at the university He was later told no action would be taken against him and spoke out about the impact the “poisonous” allegations had on him and his family.One source suggested that the earlier incident  involving Mr Sullivan might prompt others to be “enthusiastic” when it  came to trying to get another student convicted. “Oxford student politics are so vicious and petty that you never know whether people are using sexual offences to settle scores,” the source said.Oxford University declined to comment on the latest allegations.  Christ Church College said it could not comment on the case while police were investigating. Mr Lapwood has been bailed until Nov 24. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgRestaurants across England have been affected by a spate of petty thefts, with diners stealing anything from cutlery to the paintings off the walls as a “memento” of a special meal. Last week David Everitt-Matthias from Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, which has two Michelin stars, was shocked when diners stole handmade Christmas decorations from his restaurant. One of his festive penguins was taken and he hopes a public appeal will shame the thief into coming forward. A meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the best culinary experiences a diner can have – but it seems for some customers the memory is not enough.center_img He told The Telegraph that this isn’t the first time he has faced…last_img read more

first_imgOverall, 30 per cent of women had multiple conditions, along with 24.4 per cent of men.More than half of GP visits and hospital admissions were found to be devoted to those with multiple conditions, and 79 per cent of prescriptions were issued to those with more than one complaint.Researchers said the shocking figures showed the need to redesign services to create “one stop shops” to treat patients more holistically.They said NHS systems – which fund hospitals for appointments to treat separate diseases – did not put the patient first, and wasted precious resources.Dr Duncan Edwards, a research fellow from Cambridge University, said: “The numbers are just startling when you see them in black and white.“The average person with diabetes has three or four other conditions, yet the NHS structures forbid looking after patients properly. We need a one-stop shop, not a system that thinks in terms of single diseases.” Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs said the research showed why GPs need longer with patients Credit:PA/Grainge Photography/Royal Colleg  “Chronic pain, high blood pressure and diabetes are some of the most common conditions, and all are fuelled by obesity – we are going to be seeing more and more of this in future,” he warned.Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum said too many people were eating “relentlessly” despite constant reminders about the number of diseases linked to excess weight.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said the research showed that family doctors need far more time with many of their patients.“This large-scale, comprehensive research is further evidence of the increasing complexity of cases that GPs are dealing with, and the inadequacy of the standard 10-minute consultation,” she said.The GP said the slots were not long enough for patients with complex needs, but said that attempts to give longer appointments meant others had to wait even longer to see a doctor. More than a quarter of adults in Britain have multiple health problems, according to a major study warning of “alarming” pressures being placed on the NHS.The research shows that the vast majority of GPs’ time is being taken up by patients with several conditions, with eight in 10 prescriptions now issued to patients with more than one health complaint.Researchers from Cambridge University said the trend was set to worsen, amid soaring rates of obesity fuel diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.The four-year study of more than 400,000 adults in England found 27.2 per cent were suffering from more than one health condition – with even higher rates among women.  High blood pressure was the most common – with almost one in five patients found to be suffering from it. And one in ten patients were diagnosed with depression or anxiety, while one in ten had chronic pain.The research showed that overlaps between the diseases were common, with an average of three conditions each for those aged 75 and over. Dr Edwards said pressures were expected to deepen, given Britain’s rising obesity rates.Two in three adults are now overweight or obese, while three quarters of millenials are set to reach this point by the age of around 40, on current trends. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Konstantin Igropulo ← Previous Story Hungarian Final 2015: Veszprem – Szeged 1:0 Next Story → El Jaish sack Zoran Kastratovic Konstantin Igropulo, once gain, became the handball person of the day after crazy celebration of the victory in EHF Cup with his team Fuchse Berlin. The Germans secured the historical success in front of home fans in Max Schmeling Arena by winning the final clash of the EHF Cup F4 against HSV Handball 30:26, but even the most interesting was post-event by the Russian right back.The 30 years-old future member of KIF Kolding Kobenhavn had his show naked with the trophy among the legs, just like he did a year before, when Berlin celebrated the DHB Cup trophy in Hamburg.Some other players also shown their potential to celebrate in PULOSTYLE.KIF Kolding Kobenhavn fans are the next….PHOTO: KI Instagram read more

first_imgFormer minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos was granted a release from jail on Wednesday, when the latest of his appeals was presented before a judicial court. The five-member panel voted by a slim majority of three to two, to release the 77-year-old, due to his poor health. The former Minister of Defense, who was given a 20-year prison term for money laundering in 2013, has a heart ailment and underwend a triple bypass operation last month. He has been in hospital since undergoing triple bypass surgery last month and the prosecutor aligned with his lawers argument that returning to Korydallos prison “would cause irreparable damage” to his health.However, the conditions of his release include – apart from a ban on leaving the country – a bail set at 200,000 euros ($213,000), which his family claims is unaffordable. Once among the most powerful men in Greece, ranking second in the hierarchy of the Socialist Party, PASOK, which ruled Greece for more than 20 years, Tsohatzopoulos was a founding member and a contender for the party’s leadership – and the seat of the Prime Minister – after Andreas Papandreou’s resignation in 1996. He lost to Kostas Simitis and settled for the position of Minister of Defense, which he held from 1996 to 2001, before moving on to the Ministry of Growth. He is one of the rare prominent politicians to be jailed for corruption in Greece. In 2013, the court found him guilty of money laundering and receiving bribes, which were paid through offshore companies for the procurement of a Russian rocket defence system and German submarines. The kickbacks were added to the final cost to the Greek state which ended up paying overcharges worth millions. According to the court, the illegal proceeds were used for real estate purchases in Athens by members of his family. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Why are we here? Just to suffer? Well if you’re a Metal Gear Solid fan you know one sure-fire way to distract yourself from the pain of phantom limbs and missing comrades is to dive deep into these magnificent stealth action games. But being a Metal Gear fan means more than just virtually sneaking around. Metal Gear is just as, if not more, beloved for its characters and ideas and bonkers revisionist military history. We don’t just want to play Metal Gear Solid. We want to live in the world of Metal Gear Solid.That’s never going to happen, probably for the best. Today’s world is bad enough without nuke-shooting tanks with legs walking around. But if you or the Metal Gear lover in your life want to live out some Snake fantasies, these gift ideas are a great place to start.Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive ExperienceWeird zombie spin-offs without the original creators aside, Metal Gear Solid V may be the final true entry of the series. This open-world opus was quite the send-off, though. The Definitive Experience combines both halves of the game, Ground Zeroes, and The Phantom Pain, into one epic package.FOXHOUND T-ShirtShow your allegiance to the elite special force unit FOXHOUND with this T-Shirt. If it’s good enough for Naked, Solid, and Liquid Snake, it’s definitely good enough for you. Just don’t try to take over Shadow Moses.Raiden’s SwordThe Metal Gear series is usually about careful, quiet sneaking. But sometimes you just need to throw subtlety out the window and start chopping fools to death with a big sword. That’s what Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is all about, and you can own a replica of the sword Raiden kills so many people with in that game. But please don’t kill any people.A Cardboard BoxSnake’s greatest weapon on the battlefield isn’t a gun or a sneaking suit or a horse that can poop on command. It’s a plain old cardboard box he can hide under to avoid enemies. So if you have enemies to avoid, just get yourself a cardboard box of your very own. If you’re feeling fancy, put some sexy drawings on the outside as a distraction.Venom Snake Nendoroid Action FigureLet this adorable little Venom Snake action figure inspire you as you continue the sneaking mission that is life. Look at his little cigar and his little eye patch and his little shrapnel horn and his little robot arm. V has come to, and he’s as cute as can be.An Eye PatchI don’t care if both of your eyes work just fine. If you want to be Snake, you need to start wearing an eye patch. Flents is (probably) a fine maker of eye patches that fit anyone, even legendary soldiers, and their angsty clone sons.The Art of Metal Gear Solid VEven if you don’t enjoy playing the games, the art of the Metal Gear series is still gorgeous to look at. This art book collects concepts and designs from the final entry in the series, including drawings no one has ever seen before. With hundreds of pieces of art, this should keep your eyes entertained for a while.A Cigarette Lighter Phone CaseSmoking isn’t good for you. Just because Snake smokes doesn’t mean you should start. But if you do smoke, and you want to be more like Snake, pop a cigarette lighter case on your phone and light up while still staying up to date on important intel. Or just smoke for hours to make time go by faster (please don’t).Diamond Dogs Key ChainDon’t let your sorrows be scattered to the heartless sea. You’re all diamonds, and let everyone know with a Diamond Dogs keychain. That way, the coroners will know exactly what to do with your ashes. Big Boss will be so proud.Metal Gear Solid Vocal TracksWhooooaaaaAAHHHH!!!! Did you know that Metal Gear Solid also has a long history of great music, of great vocal tracks? I listen to “Sins of the Father,” “Snake Eater,” and “Heavens Divide” constantly on my way to work. The Metal Gear Solid Vocal Tracks album collects these songs on one convenient disc. It’s the perfect holiday soundtrack for any Mother Base.Death StrandingJust because Hideo Kojima is done making Metal Gear Solid games doesn’t mean he’s done making video games. The gonzo gaming guru’s next project is the inscrutable Death Stranding. Trailers make it seem like some kind of military horror game featuring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo Del Toro, babies in jars, and lots of black goo.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie last_img read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) Now Playing Up Next A few more shots of @KingRicochet from last night at #NXTAtlanta. It was incredible seeing his debut! pic.twitter.com/ITEf9ZjP3W— Will Henderson (@willh94) February 3, 2018 Some spoiler notes following the NXT TV tapings on Friday night in Atlanta.NXT TakeOver: New Orleans main event revealedThe scheduled main event for NXT TakeOver: New Orleans during WrestleMania 34 weekend will be Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship.Black earned a win over Killian Dain in a No. 1 Contendership match at the tapings on Friday night in Atlanta. A segment was taped to close the show featuring a contract signing for the championship match at NXT TakeOver this April.Ricochet debuts at tapingsDespite just signing with WWE a few weeks ago and reporting to the Performance Center in Orlando, Ricochet made his debut at the NXT tapings last night in Atlanta.Paul “Triple H” Levesque shared a photo of Ricochet backstage shortly before his debut match in a win over Fabian Aichner.I’ll just leave this here……Feel free to discuss. @KingRicochet @WWENXT pic.twitter.com/TZTMkblGfO— Triple H (@TripleH) February 3, 2018Many fans in attendance shared video and photos of Ricochet’s debut as well.Ricochet showed up and I guess you could say the crowd was a little excited. #NXTAtlanta pic.twitter.com/XFhx8CDdGw— Jamie (@jlew8) February 3, 2018 Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Lanny Poffo to appear at Ring of Honor Glory By Honor event as special guest WhatsApp Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Vince Mcmahon Jim Cornette will be color commentator for brand new NWA studio wrestling series center_img Twitter Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Facebook Pinterest WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities on Thursday recovered an man’s body from the Columbia River in Longview, a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office bulletin said.A caller reported finding the “badly decomposed” body around noon Thursday near the 4000 block of Industrial Way in Longview, the bulletin said.The sheriff’s office is working with the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office to identify the man.So far, they’ve determined the body wasn’t the man who fell from a docked Christmas ship near St. Helens, Ore., on Dec. 10, said Brett Dundas, chief deputy coroner for Cowlitz County.“We’re dealing with advanced decomposition,” said Cowlitz sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Brightbill.That could mean performing DNA tests to identify the body. Brightbill doesn’t expect an autopsy will be performed until Monday at the earliest.“We’ll just have to see what we can come up with,” he said. “Everybody is wondering who it is, but we just don’t know yet.”Chief Deputy Coroner Dundas said the office will be working through the weekend to identify the person. The office is investigating multiple missing persons leads from around the area, he said.A cause of death for the man was not available.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s the Topic of the decade. As print flutters between being obsoleteor merely deeply wounded, it struggles for relevancy in a world gonehyper-electronic. The days of delivering the news to a waking world at 6:30or to greet weary workers as they arrive home are long gone. The Web and mobilephones changed all that a decade ago, but an obdurate industry and no less thanfour wallet-breaking “technical advancements” (cold-type, colorprinting, pagination and the Web) in the past four decades, has pushed theindustry to its knees.A Google search on “future of newspapers” yielded 99,500 results. Aneven more pessimistic query of “end of newspapers” yielded 26,200.And if we think it is tough today, what will it be like a decade from now, whenour children, tethered to iPods and XBox Connects, do not have memory ofnewspaper’s days as “Messenger-in-Chief”?It was with this in mind that I approached my son’s middle school Englishteacher to pass out a questionnaire I had created with his 6th grade students.He graciously agreed. The questionnaire had its failings and was in no-wayscientific, although it did provide a hint at what tomorrow’s consumer of newsmight do.I must admit that I went into this with a presumption that most kids would noteven have seen a newspaper, let alone read one. I was wrong. Just 8percent said that they had never read one, and another 8 percent said that theyhad read one once. Still 59 percent read a newspaper once in a while and 22percent said they read them all the time. I also asked kids to provide the definition of a newspaper. The answers rangedfrom the mostly obvious (“like a big book with lots of articles in it”)to the truly insightful (“a carrier for advertising”) to,even, this: “a primitive form of t.v. that has channels that differfrom each region.”Tragic FlightBut I wonder if, after the last couple weeks, their perception of newspaperschanged. You see, the middle school is Clarence Middle, the same Clarence where Flight 3407 plummeted into a house killing 50—fivefrom our tiny hamlet. Clarence is a rural outpost of Buffalo, and while ourpopulation has grown considerably in the last decade, it really is quiteremoved both geographically (20 miles) and socio-economically from the rest ofthe area. So despite having moved here from the New York/New Jersey region overfour years ago, I still didn’t embrace the Buffalo News as my hometown paper.My consumption of the News consisted of front page, op-ed and sports,with about a once-a-week check of the “Northern Suburbs” to see ifthe stringer for our area had filed anythingThat changed on February 12, whenpractically the entire 180-member News staff suddenly foundClarence, and I found my local paper. The coverage of the event was thorough—andsuperb. The reporters not only covered the tragedy, but they captured thepsyche of the residents here—that we are essentially a commuter town. Many ofmy neighbors, like my husband and me, travel by air on a weekly basis. We allheld our collective breaths as we waited for identification of victims, withplaintive texts to friends-“where are you?” or in some cases just,”hello?”The reporters did what they were supposed to. They told the stories of thevictims in moving detail, and began to unearth a controversy that maybe flyingthe popular regional propjets into icy (shocking) Buffalo is not so safe afterall. The News even updated the front page last week to let residentsknow that a counter-demonstration was coalescing at thecrossroads of the accident site—to drown out some imbeciles hellbent on usingthe memorial services to promote their poisonous agenda.TV Critic Jeff Simon was right when he said that the online News finally had come of age.He also pointed out the pitfalls of trying to be newsbreaking and accurate—earlyreports said it was a U.S. Air flight, not a Continental one, while other mediawere reporting it was a twin-seater versus a commercial airliner. Accuracy,speed and thoroughness are sometimes at odds. And not to negate thecontribution of the three local broadcast stations—they did a fine job on thebreaking news—but they couldn’t sustain the in-depth coverage for the ensuingdays when we, like addicts, hungered for more.Juxtaposed to this essential coverage was the ad-hoc city that sprung up at thelocal library, when more than 40 satellite news teams from all overdescended. It was silliness watching news team after news team in theirmakeshift outdoor studios: lights, anchor and camera crew, all reporting thesame thing-a mile from the scene. As I was asked repeatedly, “where can wego buy sandwiches,” I realized how irrelevant they were. They weren’tlocal, they didn’t understand the area, nor did they comprehend the concern ofthe residents, nor the fears of kids—like my 10-year old, who immediatelygrasped: “this could have been our house. It could have been you ordaddy.”And while the industry and executives go neurotic over whether or notnewspapers are still relevant, the answer is in their question. If they have toask, then they are not. Choosing to load up editorial with wire copy, to reportthe same stuff as everyone else, is no different than the 40 news crews thattook a camera shot of an empty road. Gutting a newsroom is an insane and clearpath to irrelevancy. Your editorial is not only the hook into your community—theyare your marketers. They are the public faces that remind us to pick upthe paper.Clearly, you can’t build a business plan around having a tragedy in yourcommunity—but the lesson should be that people will read what is impactful tothem. When you have trained me not to read the local news more than once a week—becauseyou can’t update more than that—you start falling into that bucket ofirrelevance.And if you really don’t know whatmakes your newspaper relevant, here’s a newsflash: ask a 6th grader.last_img read more

first_imgThe Navy will begin testing drinking water wells outside of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., this month for the presence of contaminants found in firefighting foam. Previous testing of the groundwater in those areas revealed concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) significantly higher than the lifetime health advisory levels EPA issued in 2016. Officials say water used on the base is safe as that water comes from wells that are more than 1,000 feet deep and testing has not detected the presence of the contaminants, reported the Florida Times-Union. … A study released last month by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection found that fish in waterways near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst had significant amounts of PFAS in their bodies, prompting the agency to warn residents about the risk associated with consuming fish in lakes and creeks with elevated levels of the chemicals. The tests raise the potential that humans can be exposed to the contaminants through paths other than via drinking water, but a spokesman for the joint base said it had no immediate plans to test fish in local waterways for PFAS, reports the Intelligencer. “For off-base areas, sampling at this time is limited to drinking water, and surface water only to the extent that it becomes a drinking water source,” said Maj. Brian Wagner. Photo courtesy of pxhere.com Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgHPD Commander Patty Cantu said at a news conference the truck fell off the bridge around 8:23 a.m. after the driver had to suddenly veer to avoid hitting a car that cut him off. The 18-wheeler crashed through the guardrail and fell approximately 150 feet, landing on top of a building next to a containment tank.Cantu said there is an eyewitness of the accident. The driver was wearing his seat belt and the truck was transporting some kind of commercial liquid but no toxic materials, according to HPD.The Texas Department of Transportation told News 88.7 traffic is moving in one left lane to get around the crash site but backups are heavy.“There is some damage to the rail from the bridge strike and crews are mobilizing and bringing rails to the site and we hope to have that fixed sometime today,” said TxDOT spokeswoman Deidrea George. “Crews are in talks with other area offices to secure that rail, to get it there.”George added they will continue to inspect the bridge to make sure the bridge is safe for travel. “Traffic in that area is certainly going to be a little slower than normal and so if there is an alternate route that you can take, then do so,” she said. Texas Department of TransportationThe driver of an 18-wheeler suffered a deadly accident on July 3, 2019, after his truck fell off the Houston Ship Channel bridge.The driver of an 18-wheeler died Wednesday in Houston while first responders tried to rescue him from his truck, after a major traffic accident on the Ship Channel bridge, on the northbound side of Interstate 610 East Loop.Houston Police confirmed the death on Twitter around 10:15 a.m. The driver was the only victim of the accident. Sharecenter_img Update: Sad news: the driver of the 18-wheeler has been pronounced deceased. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 3, 2019last_img read more

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROA lengthy trial that exposed one of the most brazen examples of police corruption in the history of American law enforcement ended in a guilty verdict for two Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers who served in the now infamous and disbanded Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF).The convictions mean that a total of eight officers have either been convicted or pled guilty to dozens of crimes that range from dealing synthetic opiates looted during the uprising of 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray, to robbing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from both drug dealers and local businesses.Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers who served in the now disbanded Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF).It took two days of deliberation for a federal jury to convict Daniel Hersl, 48 and Marcus Taylor, 31, of robbery, stealing overtime and racketeering charges that could result in sentences in excess of twenty years a piece. Each of the former BPD detectives faces a total of up to 60 years in prison.   The jury acquitted the pair on multiple counts of using a gun while committing a crime of violence.The verdict came after weeks of testimony from the victims of the unit that roamed the city without supervision preying upon an array of residents in search of cash, drugs and valuables.The testimony recounted a squad that received overtime pay without working and so-called “slash days,” paid time off without taking a vacation day.During the trial, the courtroom became a forum for stunning revelations about a seemingly ingrained culture of lax oversight, particularly for a police department already under a federal consent decree.  Throughout the proceedings former members of the unit who had already pled guilty revealed how top commanders not only ignored, but also encouraged, the unit’s plundering of overtime and reckless approach to policing.Reaction to the verdict was swift.Mayor Catherine Pugh, who as recently as last week said she had not been following the trial, promised to repair the rift the scandal had caused between the community and the department.“I am confident that this sordid chapter of policing culture can be closed as we work each and every day to re-establish the trust and confidence that our citizens need and deserve to have in their police officers,” the mayor said in a statement.The Baltimore chapter of the NAACP also weighed in, making the argument the community needed more than reform.“The horrific betrayal the officers perpetuated against the public for their personal enrichment revealed a disturbing culture within the police department that must continue to be rooted out,” NAAPC president Ronald Flamer said in a statement.“As we move forward the NAACP is concerned about the potential hundreds of citizens who were the target and victims of this task force.”One of those victims, Ivan Potts, was concerned that the verdict would dim any urgency to help residents arrested by the unit for crimes they did not commit.“They’re not doing nothing to help me,” Potts told the AFRO.Potts was arrested by the three members of the GTTF, Evodio Hendrix, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, and Maurice Ward in October 2015.  He says the officers accosted him while he was walking to the store, and immediately began asking him if he knew where they could find a gun.“They were talking, `where’s the guns, the drugs,’ and I said, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Potts said.After he denied possessing a gun, the trio ventured into a nearby alley and returned with a firearm which they claimed was his.Potts was convicted of gun possession based upon the testimony of the GTTF and sentenced to eight years in jail.  Shortly after federal authorities announced the indictments against the GTTF, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the charges against Potts after a judge granted him a new trial.But, the consequences for the lifelong Baltimore resident have been harsh.  He’s had trouble finding a permanent job.  And he has yet to see his 6-year old daughter.“It’s been rough for me,” Potts said of life after his release. “So, I’m advocating for people in my situation.”Last week, Potts testified in Annapolis in favor of a bill introduced by State Del. Bilal Ali, a Baltimore Democrat. The bill would require automatic compensation of $50,000 per year for anyone jailed illegally due to officer misconduct. On Feb. 13 Ali sent a letter to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh suggesting the city disband the Baltimore Police Department, similar to what Camden, New Jersey did in 2013 following a similar scandal in their police department. The controversial proposal was met with a mixed reaction.However, Potts says it’s difficult to put a price on years lost sitting jail for a crime he didn’t commit.“Honestly, I don’t believe anything can repair what has been done.  If you’re asking me to put a price on the time I lost, I can’t,” Potts said.“I would just like to see some kind of change in the justice system.”last_img

first_img 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A new data breach is in the headlines nearly every day,and businesses are investing trillions in IT security annually to protect themselves against cyber threats. Unfortunately, as long as these investments focus only on digital data, they will never be enough. Because, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s latest cyber assessment, the biggest information security risk for federal agencies isn’t cyber — it’s paper.Related: In Government Hack, the Number of Fingerprints Stolen Has Jumped to 5.6 MillionIn fact, fully 25 percent of incidents reported in fiscal year 2014 involved the possible mishandling of hard copies or printed materials, as opposed to digital records. Clearly, all businesses need to better protect their sensitive information, including anything important enough to make it off the screen and onto paper. Yet despite the common assumption that we now live in a paperless world, studies show that 89 percent of businesses still use paper copies for record-keeping.Those physical documents represent the one risk that cannot be protected by expensive IT-security technologies. And that scenario is surprising, because protecting that information requires merely a minimal hardware investment and the commitment to properly train your most trusted and trusting employees. Let’s take a look at who is most likely to put your company at risk and the simple steps you can take to protect your company.Who is putting your company at risk? When it comes to trust in the workplace, your employee demographics make a difference. According to a survey by Swingline, younger adults and high earners are most trusting of their employers. While on the surface, trust sounds like a good thing, there may be reason for employers to be cautious. Research shows a positive correlation between those employees who are the most trusting and those who improperly dispose of sensitive information.Trust in the employer declines steadily with an employee’s increasing age. Roughly 72 percent of employees in the survey, ages 25 to 34, said they trusted their employer, compared to only 56 percent of those ages 55 to 64, and 48 percent of those over age 64. As paychecks get richer, employees are more trusting, as well. For example, 88 percent of employees making more than $150,000 said they trusted their employers, compared to only 55 percent of those making less than $49,999.  It’s an odd correlation but, taking a closer look at security compliance, one finds that the most trusting age groups also are those most likely to throw away sensitive business information without first shredding it. Employees aged 25 to 34 admitted to skipping the shredder at least 38 percent of the time. Meanwhile, their more compliant and less trusting colleagues in the 45 to 54 category were compliant more than 75 percent of the time.Related: 8 of the Biggest Data Breaches Ever and How They Happened (Infographic)The same trend holds true for high earners. Those making $100,000 to $149,999 admitted skipping the shredder 47 percent of the time while those in the $25,000 to $49,999 income bracket skipped it only 27 percent of the time.Those making more than $150,000, meanwhile, seemed to be an anomaly of this correlation, with fewer of them trusting their employers (33 percent), yet significantly more of them (67 percent) tossing information without shredding.Securing your company’s informationIt’s important to create a culture that promotes data security alongside trust in the company’s leadership. There are three simple steps that business owners and leadership can take to promote trust in the company while also ensuring compliance:Implement the policies and processes needed to secure your company’s physical documents, and educate your staff on their importance.Make the small investment required in a high-tech shredder with a secure auto-feed chamber, to reduce the time and hassle typically associated with shredding sensitive documents.Most importantly, set an example and create a culture of shared responsibility in security.In an era when online data breaches are top of mind, it’s easy to overlook the amount of valuable information that businesses and their employees willingly place on the street each week without a second thought. As you continue to invest in IT security, don’t overlook these simple steps to protect your valuable physical documents.Related: How Much Do Data Breaches Cost Big Companies? Shockingly Little. October 22, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgIf you passed by La Sabana in western San José Sunday night and gawked at the thousands lining up to enter the west esplanade of the National Stadium, you were witnessing Teletica Channel 7’s Christmas celebration,Fantasía de Navidad (Christmas Fantasy).Children and adults filled the area to celebrate a Christmas concert performed by national talents, such as the Gospel music group Master Key and the Tico Jazz Band orchestra.At 6:30 p.m., Costa Rican comedian Alex Costa warmed up the crowd. But by 7 p.m., the concert’s presenter, Edgar Silva (host of Teletica’s Buen Día) opened the event by introducing two young artists, 9-year-old twins Felipe and María José Castillo, who played “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Carol of the Bells” respectively on the piano. Then, they sang “El significado de la Navidad” (The Meaning of Christmas) from their holiday album.The rest of the concert was a musical play reminiscent of “The Nutcracker.” The story involved a young girl who received a rag doll (think Raggedy Andy) as a gift from her godfather, which did not please her. After she learned the values of humility and gratitude, the doll came alive and followed the girl and her friends on a worldwide adventure, visiting the North Pole, the Caribbean and China.Music performed included Christmas classics, like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (both sung in Spanish); as well as traditional carols and popular tunes such as MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” with new lyrics.Imani Campbell, 12, from Limón, sang a solo of “I Believe I Can Fly” and verses from “Hallelujah” in English. She was the winner of Teletica’s singing competition Nace una estrella (A Star is Born) during its fourth installment, and these songs were also part of her competition repertoire.Throughout the two-hour program, the children on stage were faced with obstacles. “Rats” (people in costume) kept interrupting the show with their own songs about sabotaging Christmas. At the end, it was up to Edgar Silva to intercede. He spoke about forgiveness and acceptance so both children and rats could enjoy the festivities. This motivated audiences to examine the true meaning of Christmas, along with an array of songs relating to the birth of Christ.The magical night came to a close with the whole cast singing and dancing to a Christmas version of Gangnam Style and a show of fireworks, which made both young and old dance around, in awe of the splendor.The show aired Monday night at 8 p.m. on Channel 7. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more